ZACH CAGLE: From ATL to ZZ BBQ

ZACH CAGLE: From ATL to ZZ BBQ

#042 - From ATL to ZZ BBQ | Zach Cagle

This week’s guest is Zach Cagle. Zach originally moved to China from Atlanta to study, but a love of cooking for friends and a challenge from a buddy led to his creating Zax BBQ, in Zhengzhou. When I arrived here last week, my local host stressed that I had to visit Zax and try their food, and I am very glad I heeded that advice - so thanks, Frank! As we discuss in the show, Zax BBQ has been honored by TripAdvisor as not only the best foreign restaurant in Zhengzhou - a modern city of 8-10 million people - but as THE best restaurant in Zhengzhou. Having eaten there the last two nights in a row, I can definitely see why. Zach and I have a free-wheeling and wide-ranging conversation about America and China and everything in-between that occurs to us in the time allotted. Thanks to the Southern mind-meld speech patterns that Zach and I both slipped into and our mutual sync about our conversational topics, there are a grand total of ZERO edits in the actual interview this time, a new record! I have heard from some regular listeners that they really like the less-edited interviews, so as long as I can avoid any technical issues and keep myself (mostly) on track, I will aim to do that more and more often. Enjoy!

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 This photo by Zax BBQ; I had the pork ribs last night but was too busy eating to document the occasion. 

This photo by Zax BBQ; I had the pork ribs last night but was too busy eating to document the occasion. 

 My actual dinner after the interview! :D 

My actual dinner after the interview! :D 

Okay! Now, please enjoy my interview with Zach Cagle.

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